Lucerne Day Trip From Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 9 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Spend a day in the pretty city of Lucerne on a day trip from Zurich, enjoying a short introduction of the city, Lake Lucerne cruise and plenty of free time. After traveling south through the Albis Pass mountain range, learn all about Lucerne on a short introduction of the city while driving into the city. Then, spend roughly six hours at leisure, seeing the city as you please. The day trip includes a ticket for a cruise on Lake Lucerne, so hop aboard to enjoy the lakeside scenery and onboard commentary.

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Know More about this tour

Start your day with a pickup from Sihlquai Bus Terminal in the center of town. Then, relax on your air-conditioned coach as you travel south to the handsome city of Lucerne, roughly an hour away. Your route takes in stretches of gorgeous Swiss countryside, so look out the window to admire the Albis Pass mountain range and idyllic Lake of the Four Cantons.

On arrival in Lucerne, enjoy an introductory tour of the city by coach to get your bearings, seeing sights like Chapel Bridge and the Baroque Jesuit Church. Hear the history of these top Lucerne attractions and get insider tips for places to visit independently. Stop for a scenic photo stop en route either at Lake Lucerne or Lion Monument and then enjoy roughly six hours of free time to explore the city at your own pace.

Lucerne is famous for its cafe culture, so perhaps wile away an hour or so enjoying an indulgent Swiss lunch (own expense). A ticket for a Lake Lucerne sightseeing cruise is included with your tour, so head down to the lake at a time to suit you, and then relax on board your boat. Listen to entertaining audio commentary about the history of the city while gazing at the picturesque lakeside scenery, framed by Mount Pilatus.

Maybe take a stroll around the citys pedestrianized Old Town, or visit one of Lucernes attractions like Richard Wagner Museum or the 14th-century Musegg Wall. All entrance fees are payable at your own expense.

Return to your coach and travel back to Zurich. Your day trip finishes with a drop-off at the start point at Sihlquai Bus Terminal.

Inclusions

Panorama drive to Lucerne with photo stop en route (at Lace Lucerne or the Lion Monument)

Transportation by coach

Short introductory coach tour in Lucerne

Sightseeing cruise with audio commentary (audio guide app to be installed on own device)

Partly guided tour by professional multilingual guide as per description

Schedules and detailed written information provided for the unguided part (Lucerne and yacht cruise)

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 05-Jul-2022

    We went to Lucerne and enjoyed it but decided to pay more money and continue on the bus to Mt Pilatus. We are so glad we did. It was a wonderful experience. We were in Europe 16 days and Mt. Pilatus and Paris were the highlights of our trip.

  • 22-Oct-2019

    wonderful full day excursion . Guide one of best we have ever had, knowledgeable and interacted with group in so many wonderful ways

  • 07-Aug-2019

    Lucerne is well worth the visit, nice town with history and architecture. A side trip to the Transportation Museum for a few hours was interesting.

  • 04-Jun-2019

    The tour around the lake is a beautiful one hour. Highly recommended in good weather. You get to see the beautiful villas around. And some small boats will be all around.

  • 02-Nov-2018

    Having a weekend to yourself in Zurich is priceless! After a lot of research and reading of other reviews, I decided to book the day trip from Zurich to Lucerne. The bus ride from Zurich to Lucerne was gorgeous. The tour guide - Meenu - spoke in English and Spanish teaching us about the hidden aspects of Switzerland during the bus ride and i was personally sad to hear her stop at the end of bus tour. After taking us to the lion monument and helping us click pictures, we were left to our own devices for 6 hours. Armed with a list of key places to visit, I was quite happy to roam around on my own. The cruise on the lake is a must! The on-board commentary helped to better understand the history and each view was worth a thousand pictures. The weather - cold and rainy - put a bit on a damper on the day but I honestly cannot say I would have preferred to stay indoors and miss this day in Lucerne. There was something for everyone - the transport museum for a family that wanted to be indoors with their 6 year old or pure roaming around for those who were more experimental. Organized and efficient tour... would surely recommend this one and looking forward to my next one already!

  • 19-Aug-2018

    Awesomely beautiful city not to be missed. The ride through the countryside is a great start to the day. We enjoyed walking all over the city as it is very clean and quaint. Beautiful lake Lucern on the boat was a highlight of the day. Lovely places along the river to rest with a cold beverage and to have an excellent meal. We enjoyed the tour thoroughly.

  • 16-Aug-2018

    Awesomely beautiful city not to be missed. The ride through the countryside is a great start to the day. We enjoyed walking all over the city as it is very clean and quaint. Beautiful lake Lucern on the boat was a highlight of the day. Lovely places along the river to rest with a cold beverage and to have an excellent meal. We enjoyed the tour thoroughly.

  • 09-Jul-2018

    This tour was not worth the money and everything could have been done more efficiently a la carte. Tour leaves from Zurich HB at 0930 and takes 2 hours to make a 45 minute drive to Lucerne because the tour bus was doubled up with another tour going to a different destination. After a long drive of dropping off another tour, there was about 10 minutes of actual tour guide information and then we are dropped off at a gift shop in Lucerne and told to meet back near Lucerne train station at 5:50 pm. It would have been much better to just take train from Zurich to Lucerne (45 minutes), buy the boat excursion a la carte and then not have to worry about return time. The value-add for being on the tour was very minimal and quite the opposite, much better to do this adventure on your own. The bus was packed, the guide was pretty uninspiring, and the stress for timing was not worth the hassle. Please consider just unbundling and doing this itinerary on your own and you will enjoy the day much more!

  • 27-Jun-2018

    This tour was not worth the money and everything could have been done more efficiently a la carte. Tour leaves from Zurich HB at 0930 and takes 2 hours to make a 45 minute drive to Lucerne because the tour bus was doubled up with another tour going to a different destination. After a long drive of dropping off another tour, there was about 10 minutes of actual tour guide information and then we are dropped off at a gift shop in Lucerne and told to meet back near Lucerne train station at 5:50 pm. It would have been much better to just take train from Zurich to Lucerne (45 minutes), buy the boat excursion a la carte and then not have to worry about return time. The value-add for being on the tour was very minimal and quite the opposite, much better to do this adventure on your own. The bus was packed, the guide was pretty uninspiring, and the stress for timing was not worth the hassle. Please consider just unbundling and doing this itinerary on your own and you will enjoy the day much more!

  • 01-Jun-2018

    We were booked for Lucerne and Engelberg from Zurich but after reading other reviews we changed it to just Lucerne. We changed too late to get any refund and that was fine for us. A river cruise was also not included but that's also because we changed so late. The bus took the scenic route to Lucerne and it was beautiful. They dropped us off in Lucerne at roughly 11:45 and gave us very specific instructions for pick up. No problems at all with this company. If they had not changed our ticket we simply would use bought train tickets to Lucerne to go alone but we didn't have to do that. We would definitely use this tour company again.

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